GIANTS caretaker coach Paul Anderson believes the finger of blame should be pointed at his players and not referee Ben Thaler after his side’s 40-22 defeat against St Helens.
Huddersfield had hoped to mark their final home game of the Super League XIII campaign with a five-star performance.
But the Giants failed to rise to the occasion and were unable to match an understrength St Helens, who rested several key players ahead of their Challenge Cup final against Hull at Wembley on Saturday.
The boos aimed at referee Thaler as he came off the pitch at half-time and full-time suggested the home fans felt the match official was solely responsible for their side’s demise.
But Anderson refused to back up their sentiments and was instead focusing on the way his players reacted to the events.
“Whatever anyone might have thought, the referee can’t be blamed for the 40 points Saints scored against us,” said Anderson.
“The simple fact was that I thought we were poor, that’s what I found the most disappointing.
“The manner of our performance was not great.
“We allowed outside influences in the game to affect our decision making in the first half and you can’t give Saints 18 points start in a game, regardless of who is in their team, because they have still got some quality.
“When decisions go against you, the last thing you should do is let them affect your performance and what you’re trying to achieve.
“It’s at times like this that you need to roll up your sleeves and get on with it.
“You can’t afford to feel sorry for yourself in this game.
“It’s hard to single out where we let ourselves down, because there were a number of areas that gave me cause for concern.
“But, overall, I didn’t think we were patient enough or calm enough.
“We just have to be so much smarter than this if we are to progress.
“We gifted St Helens some of their tries and there were far too many one-on-one missed tackles.
“You can’t afford to do anything like that against any side in Super League, never mind St Helens.”
The Giants are 10th in the table after a game seen by 6,150.